Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat take each other on in Match 54, the penultimate group stage game, of the 2022-23 Big Bash League. The Hurricanes come into this match in seventh place and must win to give themselves hope of progressing to the next stage. Heat have already guaranteed their place in the play-offs. Only one week ago, the Hurricanes were well placed and looked likely to qualify for the play-offs but it now all comes down to this game and they are under pressure to beat a strong Brisbane Heat team. Brisbane Heat are on a winning run although all of their wins have been by narrow margins. A slip in standards with either bat or ball could see them lose this game in Tasmania.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat – 55th Match
Venue: Aurora Stadium – Launceston
Date & Time: 25th January 2023 at 08:10 AM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
Fast bowlers usually outbowl the spinners and medium pacers at this ground. A par score will be between 160 and 170. Sunny spells with the humidity level rising slightly as the game progresses. The temperature will be around 23 degrees throughout the match.
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Josh Brown, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Bazley, Michael Neser, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade (c) (wk), Tim David, D’Arcy Short, Faheem Ashraf, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
Matthew Wade, Jimmy Peirson, Caleb Jewell, Usman Khawaja, Tim David(C), Sam Hain, James Bazley, Michael Neser, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith(VC)
Matthew Wade, Jimmy Peirson, Ben McDermott, Zak Crawley, Tim David, Sam Hain, James Bazley, Michael Neser(C), Matt Renshaw, Patrick Dooley(VC), Riley Meredith
Captain – Tim David, Michael Neser
Vice-captain – Riley Meredith, Patrick Dooley
Wicketkeeper – Matthew Wade
Although Sydney Thunder have had some real lows across this tournament, they have also hit some highs with individual performances. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have had precious little to cheer from start to finish. Playing in front of their home fans to end their tournament, we expect Melbourne Stars to put in one of their better performances of the season. For Sydney Thunder, they will know exactly what is required before the game starts, and that clarity of mission may well suit them. Thunder will be looking to David Warner and Oliver Davies to score some big runs but both are capable against this attack. Our prediction is for a Sydney Thunder victory. Considering the team combination, Hobart Hurricanes is expected to win this match.